|G.I. Joe #9|
The G.I. Joe Team must protect a diplomat to the nation of Al-Alawi from Cobra.
The Joes, led by Stalker, conduct a raid at a Cobra safehouse somewhere in Nebraska. Breaker proceeds to hack into the computers but it turns out that the place is booby-trapped with explosives. They barely made it but not without at least grabbing a computer's portapack (or tape drive). The information on the drive is spotty but what the managed to find, they can only extrapolate that there will be an assassination attempt in order to disrupt the meeting between the representatives of the United States and the Persian Gulf nation of Al-alawi. Hawk speculates that Cobra will assassinate American diplomat Brian Hassell, and assigns Clutch and Scarlett to protect and escort him. Stalker and Snake-Eyes are sent to investigate Cobra's true plans.
Meanwhile, a nervous Cobra Officer brings a message of bad news to Cobra Commander. Much to the surprise of the officer and the other Cobra troopers present, Cobra Commander is pleased.
Scarlett and Clutch find Brian Hassell at a beach in the French Riviera. Despite Scarlett's insistence, Hassell is not convinced or interested for protection. Suddenly, Cobra frogmen armed with harpoons come out of the waters. Clutch (carrying a hidden machine gun) manages to hold them back and get everyone to escape. Another couple of foiled assassination attempts later, they (and their car) board Hassell's plane, taking him to the meeting with Al-Alawi's representative. While on the air, Scarlett becomes suspicious of the halfhearted attempts at Hassell. She notices the plane is on a wrong heading. The pilot pulls a gun on her, but she manages to knock the pilot out who accidentally shoots the plane's controls. Neither Joes know how to fly, but they manage to land the plane on a cliff and leave with their car.
Snake-Eyes and Stalker's investigation leads them to a motel in Amsterdam. Stalker enters a room while Snake-Eyes takes guard. Stalker learns from a holographic transmission of Cobra Commander the shocking truth that Hassell is the assassin and the Al-Alawi ambassador is the target. Gas start coming out. Cobra Commander tells him that he would not tell him this truth if there was a way out of the room. Snake-Eyes comes to Stalker's rescue in time. They must somehow inform Scarlett and Clutch of their mistake.
Back to Scarlett and Clutch. Hassell survives another "assassination" attempt. This time the two Joes voice out their thoughts at Cobra's seeming halfhearted attempts. Hassell brings out his gun and points it at the two Joes. They are taken to a safehouse close to the meeting place of the representatives at the Alps. Hassell instructs a Cobra trooper to kill the Joes once they hear a gunshot. After Hassell had left, Clutch and Scarlett break free from their ropes, beat their captors and escape by skis. They see a Joe plane flying but know that the plane is not going to land in time. Scarlett accelerates and does a ski jump and crash into Hassell and the Al-Alawi ambassador's room. Hassell shoots the ambassador straight to the chest. Scarlett knocks Hassell. The other Joes arrive. The ambassador turns out to be alive. He reveals that assassinations take place a lot in his country and so he always take precaution by wearing bulletproof vests.
Back at Cobra headquarters, Cobra Commander learns of the operation's failure. To the Cobra officer's surprise, the Commander is not upset and tells the officer that it's merely a game and there will always be more games.
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"By the time the pilot wakes up and walks down the mountain, we'll be at our destination."
- --Clutch, failing to notice the plane, with the pilot still in it, falling over a cliff behind him.
- The Cobra soldiers in the beginning of the issue have Cobra logos on the sides of their helmets.
- Scarlett is barefoot when she slides out of the hotel room, but has shoes when she drops off the wire in the next panel.
- For one panel at the end of the issue, a Cobra is shown wearing a pink helmet.
Items of note
- This story is reprinted in G.I. Joe Digest #4, Tales of G.I. Joe #9 and G.I. Joe vol. 1 trade paperback.
- The ambassador from Al-Alwai says he was hoping for Henry Kissinger.
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